Cyndi Lauper Part Two
I’m now doing Cyndi Lauper Part Two, and I’m so happy to find more about her for you to read and listen to. I hope you like what you see, so you can tell your friends about.
1980— 1982: Blue Angel
In 1978, Lauper met saxophone player John Turi through her manager Ted Rosenblatt. Turi and Lauper formed a band called Blue Angel as well as recorded a demo tape of original music. Steve Massarsky, manager of The Allman Brothers Band, heard the tape and also liked Lauper‘s voice. He bought Blue Angel‘s contract for $5,000 and became their manager.
Lauper received recording deals as a solo artist, however held out, desiring the band to be included in any kind of deal she made. Blue Angel was at some point signed by Polydor Records and released a self-titled album on the label in 1980. Lauper disliked the album cover, stating that it made her resemble Big Bird, however Rolling Stone magazine later included it as one of the 100 best new wave album covers (2003). Regardless of critical acclaim, the album sold poorly (“It went lead“, as Lauper later joked about it.) as well as the band broke up. The members of Blue Angel had a falling-out with Massarsky and also fired him as their manager. He later on filed an $80,000 suit against them, which compelled Lauper into bankruptcy. Hereafter Lauper temporarily lost her voice as a result of an inverted cyst in her vocal cord.
After Blue Angel broke up, Lauper spent time, as a result of her financial troubles, working in retail stores, waitressing at IHOP (which she quit after being demoted to hostess when the manager sexually harassed her), and singing in local clubs. Her most frequent gigs were at ElSombrero. Music critics that saw Lauper perform with Blue Angel thought she had star potential because of her four-octave singing range. In 1981, while singing in a local NewYork bar, Lauper met David Wolff, that took control of as her manager as well as had her sign a recording contract with Portrait Records, a subsidiary of Epic Records.
1983— 1985: She‘s So Unusual
On October 14, 1983, Lauper released her first solo album, She‘s So Unusual. The album peaked at No. 4 in the US, and also became a worldwide hit. The primary studio musicians were Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman (of The Hooters), Rick Chertoff, Richard Termini as well as Peter Wood. Lauper became popular with teenagers and also critics, partly as a result of her hybrid punk image, which was crafted by stylist Patrick Lucas.
Lauper co-wrote four songs on She‘s So Unusual, including hits Time After Time and She Bop. On the songs she did not write, Lauper occasionally changed the lyrics. Such is the case with“Girls Just Want to Have Fun“. Lauper discovered the original lyrics to be misogynistic, so she rewrote the song as an anthem for young women.
The album‘s second single “Time After Time“ co-written by Lauper and Rob Hyman, hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 as well as Adult Contemporary charts. The song would certainly earn Lauper an RIAA Gold certification for record sales that reached 500,000 copies, and also was later covered by Miles Davis on his album “You‘re Under Arrest“. It became a staple of Davis‘s live shows at the time, including} on the live album “Live worldwide“.
The other Billboard Hot 100 singles on She‘s So Unusual were “She Bop“ (No. 3), “All Through the Night“ (No. 5), written by Jules Shear, and “Money Changes Everything“ (No. 27).
The album includes five cover songs, including The Brains‘ new wave track “Money Changes Everything“ (No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100) and Prince‘s “When You Were Mine“. The album made Lauper the first female to have four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 top five hits from one album. The LP stayed in the Top 200 chart for more than 65 weeks, as well as considering that has sold 16 million copies worldwide.
Lauper won Best New Artist at the 1985 Grammy Awards. She‘s So Unusual also received nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“), and also Song of theYear (for “Time After Time“). It also won the Grammy for Best Album Package, which went to the art director, Janet Perr.
The video for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“ won the inaugural award for Best Female Video at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, and also made Lauper an MTV staple. The video included professional wrestling manager“Captain“ Lou Albano as Lauper‘s dad, as well as her real-life mom, Catrine, as her mom, and included her attorney, her manager, her brother Butch, and also her dog Sparkle. In 1984— 85, Lauper appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone magazine, Time, and also Newsweek. She appeared two times on the cover of People, and also was named Ms.magazine Woman of the Year in 1985.
In 1985, Lauper took part in USA for Africa‘s famine-relief fund-raising single “We Are the World“, which sold more than 20 million copies ever since.
Lauper appeared with professional Hulk Hogan, that played her “bodyguard“ and also would later make several appearances as herself in a number of the World Wrestling Federation‘s “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection“ events, and played Wendi Richter‘s manager in the inaugural Wrestle Mania event. Dave Wolff, Lauper‘s boyfriend and manager at the time, was a wrestling fan as a boy, as well as engineered the rock and wrestling connection.
In 1985, Lauper released the single “The Goonies ‘R‘ Good Enough“, from the soundtrack to the film The Goonies, as well as an accompanying video which included several wrestling stars. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.